According to Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, nearly 45,000 employees, French and Italian, commute to Monaco every day by road or rail.
Says Minister Gramaglia, “We are promoting a modal shift towards public transport, with the goal of reducing car traffic by 20% between now and 2030. This represents nearly 13,000 vehicles entering and leaving the country, and 10,000 vehicles internally. That’s why improving rail access to Monaco is a priority of our transport policy.”
At Monaco’s train station at Sainte Devote, Minister Gramaglia welcomed last Thursday a delegation from the European Commission, including Iveta Radičová, the European coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor and Philippe Tabarot, acting vice-president for Transport, Intermodality and Travel in the PACA Sud Region, who were on a two-day visit to the region to discuss a transport infrastructure project focused on rail travel.
The aim of the meeting was to present the cross-border challenges along the Nice-Monaco-Ventimiglia section of the line. Monaco, which is the destination for nearly one in two passengers on the line every day, is campaigning to improve and expand the current rail service to the Principality, with an increase in the number of trains running during morning and evening peak hours.
"Every morning and evening, there are around 30,000 travelers in Monaco,” says Philippe Tabarot. “They want to travel in good conditions, at good prices, have places and be on time, because their employers do not care if their train is late.”
Tabarot told Monaco-Matin: “The Monegasque State will pay €3.7 million a year, in addition to €8 million funding a reinforced service to Monaco, to ensure the rehabilitation of the acquired cars, the possible installation of video surveillance systems, or the deployment of the European rail traffic monitoring system (ERTMS), ‘which can allow a train to run closer if it is reconditioned’ and therefore to go from four to six trains per hour. To ultimately double the TER trains at peak times by the end of 2020.”
In 2018, 6.4 million trips to and from Monaco were made on TER trains.